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.c;##^&ATOPLT_ Installation_ Guide\&
.b 3.c;Rob Cook
.c;La Trobe University
.hl 1 Changes between version 1 and version 2A(47)
.ls.lm -4;.le;ATOPLT has been entirely rewritten. It is now smaller
and faster and more accurate as well as having many extra features.
It is completely compatible with version 1 although the plots may be a little
different due to different choices of tick values.
.le;An ATOPLT tag and date/time stamp is plotted in the lower lefthand
.le;The caller can choose the increment in tick values.
.le;The caller can specify the value to be plotted at some tick. 3 and 4
allow the caller to choose 'nice' tick values.
.le;The caller can specify the value at the axis origin. 3 and 5 cause windowing at both ends of the axis.
.le;The caller can specify that the labels written at ticks along the axes
should be written as INTEGERs instead of REALs.
.le;The caller can specify that he wants character strings rather than
numbers at ticks e.g. 'Jan'.
.le;Data can be logarithmically scaled.
.le;Least squares lines can be added.
.le;There are even simpler calls for elementary users.
.le;ATOPLT is a supported product of La Trobe University Computer Centre.
.le;The software can be easily modified to suit any plotter and any
basic set of plotter subroutines.
.le;During frame and title plotting, ATOPLT tries to minimise
pen movements to make life easier on pen plotters.
.els;.hl 1 Known Deficiencies
.hl 1 Distributed Files
.ts 15.lm 15.b
.p -15;APNAM.FOR global internal parameter definition
.p -15;APLOT.FOR computer, plotter and basic plot subroutine
independant code. This is the core of ATOPLT.
.p -15;APSUB.FOR contains subroutines called by ATOPLT to
perform basic plotting functions. These subroutines can be
modified or replaced to suit the base subroutines that ATOPLT
calls, whether it be Calcomp, TCS or some other package. It may
be necessary to build different APSUBs for different plotters but
at La Trobe both Gould and Tektronix devices can be called through
Calcomp style subroutines.
.p -15;APGLD.FOR parameter definition for the Gould 4800
.p -15;APTEK.FOR parameter definition for the Tektronix 4012
.p -15;APTEKM.MAC to arrange that the TCS library is searched
without the user's explicit specification. At La Trobe the TCS
library is contained in PIC:TEKLIB.REL.
.p -15;GLPLOT.REL relocatable binary subroutine library for
the Gould 4800 printer/plotter
.p -15;TKPLOT.REL as GLPLOT but configured for the Tektronix
.p -15;APMAN.RNO,.MEM user's guide to the ATOPLT package.
.p -15;APINT.RNO,.MEM description of the internals of ATOPLT
.p -15;APBAS.RNO,.MEM calling sequences for the La Trobe basic
.p -15;APL02.RND,.DOC this file
.p -15;APLNC.RNO,.MEM licence agreement for the use of ATOPLT.
Please print a copy, sign it and return the signed agreement to
La Trobe University,
.p -15;APDEX.FOR a program that draws all the examples for the
ATOPLT user's guide. This program can be used as a test of the ATOPLT
.p -15;APDEX.DAT data file for APDEX that specifies which of the
12 examples are to be drawn (how many followed by example numbers in 13I
.p -15;APDAXB.FOR a program that draws the special symbols used
by ATOPLT, for publication in Appendix B of the user's guide.
.p -15;APMAKE.CTL batch control file for building ATOPLT
.hl 1 Installation Instructions
.p 5;Because there is very little standardisation in plotter characteristics
or in calling sequences for basic plotting subroutines, every implementation
of ATOPLT whether on a DECsystem-10 or on any other computer will
almost certainly require program changes.
The ATOPLT package is built to minimise difficulties in tailoring
the code to fit a new environment.
.p;At La Trobe the basic Gould plot subroutines are kept in FORLIB,
but the Tektronix TCS subroutines and the interface routines that
turn Calcomp style calls into TCS calls are kept in PIC:TEKLIB.
The module APTEKM exists merely to force searching PIC:TEKLIB and
to avoid the user mentioning TEKLIB in his command to execute a
program using ATOPLT.
Similar strategies could be used at other installations and for
.hl 2 Tailoring to suit a plotter
.p;ATOPLT needs to know some hardware characteristics of the plotter
that it is using, such as maximum plot size. To fit a new plotter
a new parameter definition subroutine must be built and used
instead of APGLD or APTEK. APGLD and APTEK can be used as models
and each contains a description of each parameter that must be
.hl 2 Tailoring to suit basic subroutines
.p;All the drawing performed by ATOPLT is channeled through the
subroutines in APSUB. The APSUB subroutines make calls on a
Calcomp like set of basic plotting subroutines. Very likely these
calls will have to be modified to a greater or lesser extent
to suit another system. The APSUB subroutine calling sequences are
fully documented in APBAS.RNO and in the code.
APOPEN start a plot
APPLOT move the pen, up or down
APSYMB draw a special centering symbol or text string
APNUMB draw a number
APWHER return pen coordinates
APSHAD set dotted line drawing or pen colour
APCLOS finish a plot
.hl 2 Tailoring to suit a computer
.p;ATOPLT was built on a DECsystem-10. The only known computer
dependencies are in FUNCTION#APPVAL in file APLOT where there
is a DATA statement that includes the largest positive and
negative real single precision numbers available on the
computer. ATOPLT will work without changing these numbers
since they only affect the value parameter checking on a
call to ATOPRM.
.p;The method of loading ATOPLT and basic plotting subroutines will
need to be reviewed.
The Gould version of ATOPLT uses basic plotting subroutines included
in the FORTRAN subroutine library at La Trobe, which is automatically
searched on loading a FORTRAN program.
The Tektronix version uses the TCS subroutines supplied by Tektronix
Inc. and an interface that converts Calcomp style calls into TCS
The TCS and interface subroutines are contained in a file TEKLIB, and
the assembly language module APTEKM merely forces searching of TEKLIB
so that the user does not have to mention TEKLIB in every command
that loads a program with ATOPLT.
.hl 2 Building ATOPLT
.p;These instructions apply only to the command language for the
TOPS10 operating system running on a DECsystem-10.
.i -5;For the Gould 4800
.b;&.COMPIL APLOT, APSUB, APNAM, APGLD
.b.i -5;and for the Tektronix 4012
&.COMPIL APLOT, APSUB, APNAM, APTEK, APTEKM
.hl 1 Suggestions for the Future
.le;Make ONEPLT call ATOPLT instead of duplicating the code
.le;Make a new call identical to ATOPLT, but changing the
order of the indices to the NOTES array to make it more logical
.le;Make a new call similar to ATOPLT but allowing the X and Y
arrays to be 2 dimensional, and avoiding the use of ISYM.
.le;Invent a method of returning the slope and intercept of any
least squares lines plotted.